With Windows 8 now available, what are the best features for business use? Here are ten new or enhanced features!
1. Trusted boot/secure boot (UEFI)
This implements a secure boot process and allows the machine to verify the integrity of the network environment, thus preventing malicious code from executing before the computer boots into the operating system. This means that your machine is protected before the Anti-Virus/Anti-Malware software is able to load when booting up, protecting you against attacks such as root-kits.
2. Windows-to-go (Enterprise Edition)
This is a fully manageable corporate Windows 8 desktop on a bootable USB drive. As an example, this allows employees to take the USB drive home and use Windows-to-go at home instead of connecting via a VPN connection, creating a more secure BYOD option for employees.
A look at the issues small companies need to make sure they address before jumping into cloud computing.
Small businesses, of course, can save a ton of money and gain a lot of efficiencies by going to the cloud. But getting there isn't necessarily that simple. Fact is, one size does not fit all. "A startup marketing company, for example, may take a very different path from an established medical practice," says Igal Rabinovich, CEO of IT Help Central, a White Plains, NY consulting firm. Here are some key considerations to take into account before making the move.
Create a migration plan.
Best is not to make the change willy-nilly, particularly if you think you'll be moving many applications to the cloud. That means having a roadmap for how you'll proceed, introducing applications one at a time and testing each one before deciding to go ahead with it and then moving onto the next. You also need to include a training period for employees to learn how to use each application.
The use of virtualization, the consolidation of numerous systems and software on a single platform, allows companies to increase utilization rates while simplifying management of IT resources. In business terms, virtualization improves responsiveness by better meeting shifting business needs and ultimately saves the company's money, time and resources. For IT staff and the company's bottom line alike, what could be better than making your IT infrastructure more agile and nimble to meet constantly changing demand?
Midsize companies in particular have succumbed to the allure of virtualization. According to IBM's report "Inside the Midmarket: A 2011 Perspective" which surveyed 2,112 business and information technology decision makers around the world, about 67 percent of midmarket companies have started or plan to start investing in virtualization.
You may find yourself hitting snags when it comes to maintaining and storing increasing amounts of data for your business. One solution to these problems is a network-attached storage device.
Network-attached storage (NAS
- usually pronounced "naz") is used to increase storage capacity on a network. A NAS device's sole purpose is to store and provide access to files. It is a self-contained unit that typically consists of multiple storage drives in a RAID (redundant array of independent disks) configuration. Configuring a NAS device is simple and makes your data easy to manage.
Jeremy Hutchinson joins Winxnet as an Application/SharePoint Developer.
Mr. Hutchinson brings to Winxnet more than 10 years of
enterprise software design and development experience. Most
recently, he worked as the Lead Software Developer at
Ability Resources. Mr. Hutchinson's enterprise application
development experience will benefit Winxnet as it grows
locally and nationally.
Lowell joins Winxnet as a Technical Support Specialist. Mr. Lowell
brings to Winxnet more than 15 years of IT experience and
over 60 IT-related certifications. Most recently, he worked
as a Network Administrator for the Sanford Public School
system. Mr. Lowell's professional IT support background
benefits Winxnet as it grows locally and nationally.
Winxnet is delighted to welcome Craig Bossie back to its
team as an application developer. With an MS in Computer
Science, Mr. Bossie brings to Winxnet more than 13 years of
experience in software engineering and application
development. His advanced technical skills and former
experience with Winxnet's clients benefit the company as it
grows locally and nationally.
Bedell joins Winxnet as a technical support specialist.
After graduating from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in
1999, Mr. Bedell was an affiliate member of the Maine
Computer Crimes Task Force. He worked for various technology
companies during his time as a police officer before
becoming a systems engineer for the local municipality's
Nathan McCoy joins Winxnet as a technical specialist in the
Chattanooga, TN office. With an A.S. in System, Networking
and LAN/WAN Management from Chattanooga State Community
College, Mr. McCoy brings to Winxnet more than eight years
of technical support experience. Most recently, he worked as
a security engineer contractor for Community Health Systems,
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